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a final brexit deal for britain is within our grasp, says the prime minister as she prepares for three more days of crucial negotiations before sunday's summit of eu leaders. after all—night talks in brussels, a draft political declaration is finally agreed on what our future relationship with the eu will look like. the british people want this to be settled. they want a good deal that sets us on course for a brighter future. that deal is within our grasp, and i am determined to deliver it. but this afternoon in the commons, the prime ministerfaced heavy criticism from all sides as she defended the draft brexit deal. also on the programme... for the first time, the security service mi5 admits to mistakes in the tracking of the manchester arena bomber who killed 22 people. the salisbury nerve agent attack — the police officer poisoned by novichok speaks publicly for the first time about his ordeal. i was still very sweaty. the sweating had gone from my forehead down my back, and my neck was...
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my whole body was just dripping with sweat. stop anxiety, depression and all that other stuff that comes in your way. talking to children about their mental health — as new figures reveal a big increase in the number of youngsters having problems. and the incredible comeback — nearly eight years after the crash that nearly killed robert kubica, he returns to formula 1 racing. and coming up on bbc news, co—captain dylan hartley is dropped from the starting line—up for england's final autumn international against australia at twickenham on saturday. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. with just days to go before eu leaders gather in brussels
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for sunday's crucial summit on brexit, british and eu negotiators have finally agreed a draft political declaration on the uk's future relationship with the eu. it covers trade, security and foreign affairs. but it is not legally binding and still needs signing off by the other 27 eu leaders. here are the main points. the 26—page document outlines plans for an ambitious economic partnership between the uk and the eu. it says the uk will be allowed to pursue an independent trade policy with other countries. it says brexit will end the free movement of eu citizens wanting to come and live in the uk, but that will also apply to british citizens wanting to move to the eu. and on the issue that's caused much concern — the efforts to stop a hard border between ireland and northern ireland — it says they'll work on new technology to ensure that doesn't happen. but the european court ofjustice will still play
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a role in uk affairs, which many brexiteers are unhappy about. and this afternoon, the prime minister faced widespread criticism in the commons as she defended her draft brexit deal. here's our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. here she was again. mrs may hasn't had much to crow about lately, but months of wrangling in brussels had finally delivered at least the outline of a plan to take to parliament. she couldn't wait that long. this is the right deal for the uk. it delivers on the vote of the referendum. it brings back control of our borders, our money and our laws, and it does so while protecting jobs, protecting our security and protecting the integrity of the united kingdom. the agreement we have reached is between the uk and the european commission. it is now up to the 27 leaders of the other eu member states to examine this agreement in the days leading up to the special eu council
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meeting on sunday. not many cheerleaders for this plan. she did thejob cheerleaders for this plan. she did the job herself. the british people wa nt the job herself. the british people want this to be settled. they want a good deal that sets us on course for a brighterfuture. good deal that sets us on course for a brighter future. that good deal that sets us on course for a brighterfuture. that deal is within our grasp, and i am determined to deliver it. so the wheels haven't come off, not yet anyway. wheels haven't come off, not yet up wheels haven't come off, not yet anyway. up ahead, her critics were waiting. brexiteers, former remainers who also think britain is heading blindly into a weaker position with no time limit, and the opposition, all keen to stop mrs may in her tracks. the brexit divorce deal was facing opposition on all sides already. the new deal for the future after brexit talks about improving and building on a customs relationship, a relationship that is far too close to the eu for the brexiteers already. the deal talks about considering the use of new technology to avoid a hard irish border, but that is on top of the
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customs relationship, not instead of it. the european court would have the last word in legal disputes on european law where there is any dispute on any future agreement. that's another eurosceptics, and there is no guarantee britain could pull out of a customs relationship if it comes about on its own initiative when it wa nts about on its own initiative when it wants & new trade deals. it all added up to a hard sell in the commons. order. statement, the prime minister. what matters you need support, wanting to move on. the negotiations are at a critical moment and rivers must be focused on working with our european partners to bring this process to a conclusion in the interests of all oui’ conclusion in the interests of all our people. the labour leader had other ideas. we have 26 pages of waffle. he has been accused of lacking clarity. that was his charge against mrs may. this empty document could have been written two years ago. it's peppered with phrases such
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as, the parties will look at. the parties will explore. what on earth has the government been doing for the last two years? brexiteers hated the last two years? brexiteers hated the idea of being stuck in a close customs relationship under the so—called backstop plan. if a trade deal takes too long. we have the horror of being in the customs union, the horror of northern ireland being split off under a different regime. and their potential leadership contender piled in. we should junk forthwith the backstop, upon which the future economic partnership, according to this political declaration, is to be based. some tories fear losing control of uk fishing grounds. the snp agrees. scotland's fishing rights, thrown overboard as if they we re rights, thrown overboard as if they were discarded fish. so much for taking back control. more like trading away scotland's influence. the pressures may be mounting for a
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fresh referendum. now that we are in a position to ask people for their informed consent, that is the time for a people's vote on this final deal. but mrs may has support too, and they made themselves heard. outside this house, there was a much higher appreciation of the tenacity of the prime minister in pursuing this deal. than we sometimes hear inside here. the prime minister met her austrian counterpart the day, getting agreement in europe has been hard. but that looks like being the easy bit. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. so the plan now is that theresa may and the other 27 eu leaders will meet in brussels on sunday to sign off on both today's draft political declaration and the draft withdrawal agreement which was published last week. our europe editor katya adler has been looking at the declaration, our europe editor katya adler has been looking at the detail
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of the political declaration. theresa may says this deal is the right one for the uk. but does it live up to her brexit promises, and even if it's right for the uk, what about the rest of the eu? this text is being studied now in all 27 eu capitals. one of the key issues at the heart of the eu referendum was taking back control. now, you have frequent mention in this document of uk sovereignty, and also of an independent uk trading policy. it's also made very clear here that after brexit, the freedom of movement of eu citizens to come and live and work in the uk is over. theresa may said that after brexit, the uk would leave the single market but could still enjoy frictionless trade with the eu. well, that's not in here because the eu wants to drive home the point that if you leave the single market, you can't have the same benefits. but this is ambitious on trade. it calls for the ease of trade between the eu and uk, and to have as close a trading relationship as possible. for those who dislike the wording of the irish border guarantee
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in the other brexit document, the withdrawal agreement, they'll be relieved to see here that the eu and the uk say they're going to work hard to find alternatives, such as using technologies when they're up and running. and for others who worried that they were going to be staying in a customs union with the eu forever, there is no mention here of a union, but of "ambitious customs arrangements", which clearly is open to interpretation. there's no mention of gibraltar in this document, despite the recent political spat. the eu sees the issue as bilateral between the uk and spain, and expects it will be resolved by the brexit summit on sunday. france's demand to fish in uk waters is not addressed in the text either, which vaguely says fishing rights will have to be sorted out byjuly 2020. this is where the prime minister comes on sunday to meet eu leaders in the expectation that they will sign off on these brexit texts. but don't forget, the political declaration is not a final trade deal.
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it's not legally binding, so it's sort of designed to be all things to all people, in the hope too that this will help theresa may sell her brexit deal to the house of commons. let's return to westminster now and speak to our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. a final brexit deal is within our grasp, says the prime minister, but there is still a long way to go. yes. this draft declaration was never likely to disarm the danger of mrs may's brexit plan being voted down here in parliament next month. and it hasn't. some in the cabinet are already anticipating that defeat and looking beyond it, talking of the possibility of having another go after that, seriously damaging defeat which seems so likely now. others still who never liked mrs may's brexit planner anticipating defeat and hoping for a chance after that defeat to bend brexit their
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way, to go back to fresh negotiations and get some sort of deal more to the taste of the brexiteers. that looks to many like a pretty distant prospect, an outside chance, but that is their hope. meanwhile, the pressure and the pleading will go on at full stretch. and that mayjust succeed in peeling off some of the brexiteers, make even convince some labour mps to brexiteers, make even convince some labourmps tojoin brexiteers, make even convince some labour mps to join the government and help get the deal through. but will it succeed? you won't find many people saying much on that here at westminster this evening. john pienaar, thank you. the security service — mi5 — has admitted it made a mistake in failing to track the manchester bomber salman abedi, whose attack last year killed 22 people. a report by mps on the intelligence and security committee says mi5 missed potential opportunites to stop the attack. the mps say mi5 admits it moved "too slowly" in establishing how dangerous salman abedi really was. the committee reviewed five attacks that hit britain last year, as judith moritz reports.
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five attacks in six months made 2017 the worst year for terrorism in recent times. targets included the houses of parliament, the london underground, and a mosque in finsbury park. 36 lives were lost, thousands more injured and traumatised. now there is strong criticism from mps, who say lessons weren't learned from past attacks. it has been striking how many issues which arose in relation to the 2017 terrorist attacks had been previously raised by this committee in our reports on the 7/7 attacks and on the killing of fusilier lee rigby. we previously made recommendations in all of these areas, yet the government failed to act on them. mi5‘s handling of the manchester arena attack has been held up for particular criticism. the bomber, salman abedi, was allowed to travel freely from libya, visited an extremist in prison, and was
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dealt with too slowly. robbie potter was gravely injured in the attack, left in a coma with shrapnel removed from his heart. today he's on the mend, but angry at the revelations. this is something that could have been stopped, end of. this didn't have to happen. every alarm bell was ringing. you feel let down? i am a bit, yes. there was enough warning signs, it wasn'tjust like one hoax call. there were enough warning signs. they should be took to court, i've said it. they should be took to court now. they are just as guilty, that could have been stopped. mis? yeah. 15—year—old olivia campbell—hardy was one of the 22 people killed at manchester arena. she's everywhere in our house, as you can tell, always in our thoughts. olivia's grandfather, steve, feels her loss every day, but doesn't blame the security services. i don't hold them to task over it because nobody goes to work to do a bad job of anything.
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but if they've admitted failures, then they must be learning lessons and they must be improving security. they must be tightening things up, especially on people leaving the country and coming back, where they've been and what's happened to them. if they are looking at things like that, that's a lesson to go for. the home office and other agencies are said to have made a litany of errors in the parsons green tube attack, which will require a further review. the government says it's doing everything it can to tackle the evolving threat of terrorism. judith moritz, bbc news. the detective leading the investigation into the novichok poisonings in salisbury says the amount of nerve agent found in a fake perfume bottle could have killed thousands of people. a police officer who fell ill after investigating the attack on former russian spy, sergei skripal, and his daughter yulia, has been speaking publicly for the first time. detective sergeant nick bailey says he was "petrified" when doctors said he had the nerve agent in this system. jane corbin has this exclusive report.
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salisbury, wiltshire. in march this year, the city became the epicentre of a deadly attack. two russian assassins were sent to kill former russian spy sergei skripal with lethal nerve agent novichok. he and his daughter yulia were discovered critically ill in the city centre but one of the police officers investigating the crime would become a victim too. we had to make sure there were no other casualties in the house or anything in the house that was vital for us to find out what had happened to them. detective sergeant nick bailey was the first person to go to the skripals' home that night. he was wearing a full forensic suit when he entered their house, and everything appeared normal. once i'd come back from the house, the skripals' house, my pupils were like pinpricks and i was quite sweaty and hot. at the time, i put that down to being tired and stressed. nick bailey, too, had come
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into contact with the novichok. it's like oil, sinking through porous surfaces, and it's spread by touch. just a few milligrams can kill. it only took a day for nick to realise something was badly wrong. everything was juddering. i was very unsteady on my feet. the sweating had gone from my forehead down my back. my whole body was just dripping with sweat. must have been pretty frightening for you. yes, it was. it was horrendous. he recalls the moment in hospital when he was told what had poisoned him. they said, "you have this novichok, this nerve agent, in your blood system". what was your reaction? scared, because it's the fear of the unknown. it's such a dangerous thing to have in your system. knowing how the other two were, or how badly they'd been affected by it, i was petrified. it took two weeks for the investigators to discover that the nerve agent was put
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on the front door handle of the skripals' home, but it took the death of dawn sturgess to work out how it got there. her partner charlie rowley, who also became ill, had found a perfume bottle used to smuggle the substance into britain. officers say it contained a significant amount of novichok, which could probably kill thousands of people. did it help you when you knew that it had been on the door handle and you didn't know that when you enter the house? it helped in some ways. i at that point knew, "well, it's not something that i've done wrong", because that was a big thing for me. it's such a... outrageous, dangerous way of doing something that it angered me as well. but nick, the skripals, and charlie rowley all survived the attack carried out by russian military intelligence officers alexander mishkin and anatoliy chepiga. it's unlikely they will ever appear in a british court. i said all along, "i want to walk
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out of hospital with my wife", which we did in the end. and being able to do that, to walk out of hospital after two and a half weeks of going through what i went through was incredible. detective sergeant nick bailey ending that report by panorama's jane corbin and you can see more in tonight's panorama, salisbury nerve agent attack: the inside story on bbc one at 8pm. our top story this evening: a final brexit deal is within grasp says theresa may as a draft political declaration with the eu is finally agreed outlining our future relationship after brexit. still to come, the wife ofjailed academic matthew hedges returns from the united arab emirates and criticises the government's handling of the case. coming up in sportsday on bbc news, we will hear from zlatan ibrahimovic, who says other premier league sides are lucky he didn't join his former club, manchester united, earlier in his career. more and more young people
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are experiencing mental health problems, according to a new report by the nhs. a survey of more than 9,000 young people in england found that as many as one in eight 5—to—i9—year—olds have a mental disorder. boys between the ages of five and ten are twice as likely as girls to have behavioural issues. but by the age of 17, it's young women who struggle the most, with as many as one in four suffering from a mental illness. our health correspondent, dominic hughes, reports. the content of the videos can be a bad influence, orjust make you upset. you keep the lid on, and all those feelings build up and eventually when the bottle explodes, it will lead to depression. it'sjust nice to know there's someone there for you when you need help. learning to cope with the ups and downs of life.
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these children are used to talking about how they feel. mental health is taken seriously at their school in salford. instead of lessons, they start the day by playing and chatting, and that gives the staff the chance to spot any problems. if a child comes into school and they've got things going on in their head or they're worried or anxious, they're not going to learn, because there's an automatic barrier there. so we have a responsibility to help alleviate that anxiety or those worries they may have. if the children here are struggling, they can turn to a trained counsellor provided by the charity place2be. in over two decades working in schools, they've seen demand steadily increase. certainly, when i talk to headteachers, i can see that they're so well tuned in to the fact that behaviour in children, often what we might call bad behaviour, can be recognised now as a burgeoning mental health problem or a sign of distress.
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social media was in its infancy when this survey was last conducted in 200a. it's now another pressure that children have to cope with, alongside the challenges of families, friendships and schools. the reason the mental health of these young people matters is that so many of the problems adults experience have already developed by the time people reach the age of 18, and that's why it's important that they can access help early. as a young teenager, emma struggled to talk about her anxieties and fears until they spiralled out of control. i became really isolated. when my parents found out i didn't see many friends, i felt like i didn't deserve anything, really. deserve help or for people to care about me. emma's recovery continues. meanwhile, the government has promised extra money for children's mental health and the key seems to be acting early, giving children the skills to handle whatever life throws at them.
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dominic hughes, bbc news. a health worker is being treated for serious injuries after being stabbed by a patient in a hospital car park. the woman was attacked at around ioam this morning at a hospital in ayrshire and is reported to be in a stable condition. police initially placed the hospital on lock down while searching for the attacker. the united arab emirates has said it hopes to reach what it's called an "amicable solution" with the uk, after criticism of the life sentence given to matthew hedges, the british academic who's been convicted of spying. this afternoon his wife, daniela tejada, met the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, who assured her that the government was doing everything in its power to secure his release. there's flash photography in this report from our diplomatic correspondent, paul adams. back on home soil, exhausted and emotional. matthew hedges' wife, daniela, returned from the united arab emirates early this morning. in a bbc radio interview, she spoke despairingly about her
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husband's six—month ordeal. his innocence is evident, and every evidence against him is completely fabricated and he was put through so much pain for six months that absolutely nothing that he said or did could be used against him. the uae says mr hedges is a british spy, convicted after due process. britain says there's not a shred of evidence. a message relayed in no uncertain terms when the foreign secretary met the uae‘s ambassador this morning. the foreign ministry of the united arab emirates says that contrary to media reports, matthew hedges has been treated fairly, according to the constitution of the uae. we are proud, it says, to have a system ofjustice that gives everyone the right to a fair trial. mr hedges' wife had herfirst meeting with jeremy hunt this afternoon.
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she is still haunted by what she saw in court just yesterday. seeing him shaking in court after being handed a life sentence and then being made to leave was beyond heartbreaking. we didn't even get to say goodbye. i really appreciate the foreign secretary taking the time to meet me at this crucial point in mine and matt's life. the government is clearly anxious to be seen to be doing everything in its power to secure matthew hedges' release. how soon that happens, if at all, is still an open question, but the authorities in the united arab emirates insist that anyone convicted in a court has the right to appeal within 30 days and that families have the right to appeal for presidential clemency on behalf of convicted relatives. paul adams, bbc news, at the foreign office. nearly eight years ago, the formula one driver robert kubica almost died in a crash which left him with terrible injuries, including a partially severed arm. now, incredibly, he's returning
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to formula one racing as a driver with the williams team. he says it is his greatest achievement. patrick gearey reports. few know the terrifying risks of racing at high speed better than robert kubica. this was the state of his rally car after it smashed into a roadside barrier in in 2011. kubica was lucky to escape alive. his right arm was nearly severed. he'd never regain full movement in that limb, and yet next season he's back for more, as a driver for williams in formula one. i know what it took me to get here, and i know what it takes to...to be one of the top drivers in formula one. now the question is to work, to give me a bit of time, and then to focus on what is the part which i enjoy more — is being a racing driver. before the accident which changed his life, kubica raced for sauber and renault. he was tipped as a future world champion.
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it was his relentless pursuit of speed which saw him climb into the rally car which he had his crash in. many would choose to leave that high—octane world behind. instead, kubica tried to find a car he could race in with what he calls his limitations. he tested for renault as well as williams, and now drives 70% left—handed, trying not to grip the wheel tight. difficult to imagine in a car that can reach 210 mph. it is incredible, you know, the comeback that he's made. it's so unlikely. no one thought it would happen really. when you're driving in formula one, we need all the senses you can get, and these guys are absolute elite drivers. the biggest achievement of my life... it's an heroic story, in contrast to williams' recent struggles. they are bottom of the constructors' championship. they say they're picking kubica for speed, not sentiment. he wouldn't have it any other way. patrick gearey, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's tomasz schafernaker.
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still cold, isn't it? it's not going to warm up in a hurry. we had the coldest november night ina hurry. we had the coldest november night in a couple of years, the lowest temperature since february, minus seven in oxfordshire last night. tonight will be cold but not as cold as last night. some cloud will prevent temperatures falling to low, but the winds are still blowing out of the east and as long as that continues more 01’ out of the east and as long as that continues more or less, the temperatures won't really recover. this is what is out there right now, for or 5 degrees. it looks like cornwall and devon will be at risk of getting some heavy showers through tonight and into tomorrow. the rest of us have dry weather for most parts, some clear spells but generally a fair bit of cloud. here is tomorrow's weather map so we have a weather front close to the
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south—west of the country for cornwall and devon, expect some showers on and off through the day, they could be quite heavy, but for they could be quite heavy, but for the vast majority of the country friday will be a dry day but still cold because the winds are blowing out of the south—east more or less. we are talking about 9 degrees, maybe up to 10 celsius. the reason the temperatures will be a little bit higher is because we have a bit more sunshine. on saturday not so great that the south of the country because this weather front is aligning itself with the southern counties, anywhere from cornwall to the tip of kent, through hampshire and the london area could get some rain on and off. further north across the uk should be dry and brighter, and staying into single figures on sunday. thank you. a reminder of our top story... a brexit deal is within grasp says theresa may as a draft political declaration is agreed outlining our future relationship
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with the eu after brexit. that's all from the bbc news at six so it's goodbye from me and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... the prime minister has hailed a draft agreement on post—brexit relations with the eu as ‘right for the whole of the uk' . for the whole of the uk'. the european council says the declaration has been agreed in principle — it outlines how trade, security and other issues will work. after a review looking into the manchester arena terror attack — m15 accepts it made a mistake in not tracking the bomber.
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